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Eli Roth -- Public Enemy #1 (click for larger image)There’s no doubt the horror genre has always been mired in controversy. From long battles with politicians who insist these films incite violent behavior to the many slugfests with the MPAA. Still, nothing recently has gotten my attention more than this.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Conservative MP Charles Walker of the British Parliament, or as I lovingly like to refer to him — the proud winner of the 2007 What-the-Fuck-is-Wrong-with-You? Award!

Recently when Mr. Walker decided to discuss the possession of extreme pornography in Parliament, he used Hostel Part II (review here) as an example.

I, too, am concerned about what comes over the Internet,” he explained. “There is some horrible, nasty and unpleasant stuff. Clauses 64 to 67 are not as good as they could be — there is potential for contradiction; for example, in the case of a film called Hostel: Part II, which I have not seen but that has been reported on by a number of people I trust. From beginning to end, it depicts obscene, misogynistic acts of brutality against women — an hour and a half of brutality — yet that film has been passed by the British Board of Film Classification for public release to people aged 18 and over.

I understand that, although the Bill will not make that film illegal, it could make it illegal for someone to take stills from that film, because they could be deemed to have a purely pornographic nature. If it were deemed that stills from a film such as Hostel: Part II were of a pornographic and unacceptably violent nature, it seems madness that that film should be allowed on general release.

Imagine that if you will. This jackass didn’t even see the movie yet he claims it to be porn! I guess that’s fair as I have never seen Mr. Walker, but I’m pretty sure he’s an arrogant insecure little douche-bag that doesn’t possess the mental ability that God gave a child to separate fact from fiction. This fucker better stay away from Looney Tunes, or the next thing you know, he’ll think a rabbit is going to drop a piano on his head via giant teeter-totter.

IGN.com reached Roth for comments, and Eli had a lot to say:

I’d like to thank Charles Walker for what could arguably be the single greatest public endorsement this film ever received. He might as well wear a t-shirt saying ‘Buy Hostel 2 on DVD October 23rd’ while addressing the members of Parliament. It’s incredible that in this day and age a Member of Parliament would propose making it illegal for people to take stills from a movie because ‘people he trusts’ told him it was obscene. Why bother to see the film if you have people you trust to form your opinions for you? What other laws are ‘people he trusts’ recommending he propose? I hope Charles Walker never sees the film, because then he might see that the film’s actually quite anti-violence and would then retract his statement. That would be the worst disaster of all.

I hate to disappoint Mr. Walker, but there’s no actual blood or violence in Hostel: Part II. Someone should explain to him that movies are pretend, that no one’s actually really hurt, and that any stills from the movie are pictures of people in food coloring and latex.

Facism: it never goes out of fashion! What an absurd fucking world we live in.

Sigh.

Uncle Creepy

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

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Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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